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State Champions: 11 Loudoun schools have combined to win 91 titles

Loudoun County public high schools have won 91 Virginia High School League championships in team sports. Broad Run, which opened in 1969, owns the most state championships with 16.

Following their first-ever run to a state final in 2014, the Tuscarora Huskies open the 2015 season at home Aug. 28 against the Briar Woods Falcons at Fortune Field in Leesburg.—File Photo

2015 Virginia High School League football schedule

The 2015 Virginia High School League varsity football season kicks off Aug. 28. The regular season runs through Nov. 6, with state championship games scheduled for Dec. 12. With second-year Rock Ridge joining the varsity ranks after playing a junior varsity schedule in 2014 and first-year Riverside jumping right into varsity action, Loudoun will field 15 varsity football teams in 2015.

VHSCA Group 5A All-State softball team

Emily Kenny and Olivia Sappington of Stone Bridge, Grace Mattimore of Broad Run and Kayla Brennan of Briar Woods garnered selection on the 2015 Virginia High School Coaches Association Group 5A softball team.

VHSL Group 5A All-State softball team

Broad Run and Stone Bridge high schools are represented by players on the Virginia High School League Group 5A All-State softball team. Bulldog outfielder Olivia Sappington was selected on the first team.

Pat Cassidy has decided to step down after 19 seasons as Broad Run High School baseball coach to spend more time with family. File Photo

Cassidy steps down as Broad Run baseball coach to watch home team

After 19 years at the reins of Broad Run High School's baseball program, 42-year-old alumnus Pat Cassidy has resigned his post as the Spartans' head coach. It was a decision he and his wife Jennifer were considering over the past spring season, during which their daughter Erin, a rising sophomore, was often one field over, playing the outfield in a Broad Run softball uniform.

Bulldogs, Vikings place fourth in final Wells Fargo Cup standings

Stone Bridge and Loudoun Valley high schools placed best among Loudoun schools in the Wells Fargo Cup, each finishing fourth in Group 5A and Group 3A, respectively.

Following a dominant junior season at the College of Charleston, Taylor Clarke proved to be a hot commodity in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft.—Photo Courtesy/College of Charleston athletics

Ashburn native takes aim at MLB career

The month of June in the year 2015 will always be remembered by Broad Run High School alumnus Taylor Clarke as the time his life was forever changed. His drafting on June 9 by Major League Baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks - and the healthy signing bonus that came with that selection - would be enough to alter the course of Clarke's events.

Spartan lacrosse pair set to play collegiately

Two members of the Broad Run High School boys' lacrosse team have committed to play collegiately. Connor Maresco, left, will play attack for Bridgewater College and Steven Dunn will play midfield for Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Broad Run rising senior Mariah Leonard drives to the basket during a 2015 game against Tuscarora. Leonard recently verbally committed to Drexel University and plans to sign her letter of intent in November.—Times-Mirror/Carl Lukat

Updated: Leonard commits to play Division I basketball at Drexel

With another varsity season in front of her, Mariah Leonard has already vaulted to the top of the record book for Broad Run High School's girls' basketball program. Leonard holds Spartan career marks for points (1,429) and rebounds (1,004) through three seasons. As a sophomore, Leonard set a record for points in a single game with 38.

VHSL Group 5A All-State soccer teams

Broad Run High School swept Player of the Year honors on the Virginia High School League Group 5A soccer teams. Abu Koroma (boys) and Caroline Kerns (girls) garnered top player honors, while Claire Collins of Broad Run is Coach of the Year on the girls' team.

Broad Run players and coaches rush the field at the conclusion of the VHSL 5A state girls’ soccer championship game June 13 in Fairfax. Broad Run shut out Stone Bridge 3-0 in the title game.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

5A girls’ soccer: Spartans back on top

It was an all-Ashburn finale between the Broad Run Spartans and the Stone Bridge Bulldogs to decide the state champion of girls' soccer for Group 5A, held June 13 at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax. In the end, however, it was all Broad Run.

Broad Run junior Ralph Deguzman beats Godwin Mills defenders Will Martin and Sam Dracos inside the box to get a shot off on goalie Sam Wellman.—Times-Mirror/Doug Stroud

5A boys’ soccer: Defending champ Spartans fall in final

The Broad Run Spartans came up short in their quest to repeat as boys soccer champions for Group 5A, falling to Mills Godwin in the title contest June 13 at Robinson Secondary School by a 2-0 score. Out of the 80 minutes battled between the Spartans (15-6-1) and the Eagles (18-4-1), it was a span of some 90 seconds late in the last half that sealed Broad Run's fate.

Varsity Rewind: Postseason scores and schedule

Five Loudoun lacrosse teams have advanced to VHSL state championship games. Loudoun Valley (boys), Potomac Falls (girls), Stone Bridge (boys, girls) and Woodgrove (girls) will play for state titles Saturday. State semifinal games for baseball, soccer and softball are scheduled for Friday.

Spartan alum Clarke goes to Diamondbacks in third round of MLB draft

Broad Run High School alum Taylor Clarke did not have to wait long June 9 to hear his name called on the second day of the 2015 Major League Baseball draft. The Arizona Diamondbacks selected Clarke with the first pick of the third round (76th overall).

Loudoun Valley runner Colin Vitkus, middle, holds off James Monroe’s Brandon Lawrence and Waynesboro’s Carlos Richardson during the anchor leg of the 400-meter relay. The Vikings placed second in the event on their way to winning the VHSL 3A boys’ state championship.—Times-Mirror/Doug Stroud

Vikings run to team crown; Donohue, Hunter, Nolan, Spartan relay team race to event titles

Loudoun Valley High School athletes shined when it mattered most this track and field season. Behind stellar performances from several individuals and all three of their relay teams, the Vikings racked up 56 points to best runner-up Heritage (Lynchburg) by nearly 10 points for the VHSL 3A boys' team championship June 6 at Harrisonburg High School.

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